Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Hanbury Tuesday 20 August 2019

Day : Tuesday
Date : 20 August 2019
Start : 1000
Finish : 1430 Hanbury

I have uploaded our proposed route to CanalPlanAC if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.

More rain last night, but not until after we had finished the BBQ, one boat came by before we set off this morning and within a few hundred yards we officially said goodbye to the City of Worcester.DSCF2234

The first lock we came to was against us but we could see a boat heading our way at the second. We locked up but still the boat at the next lock had not started to descend so I boated up while Diana and George walked. When we got to lock 12 we found the boat against the top gate and a single handed lady onboard who had twisted her ankle badly and was in a lot of pain. We worked her down through the lock and then Diana and George accompanied her to the bottom lock to work her through that one as well. A Volockie we saw yesterday came up the flight on his bike, so I told him about her and he was going to check on her on the way down.

At lock 15 I saw something I have not seen in a long time, a crome hanging on the outside wall beside the lock.DSCF2238

We stopped for ice creams from the small shop opposite the Brookline hire base which now is debunked, but there are still a fleet of hire boats there all displaying trade plates. After lunch and ice creams we pushed on through Dunhampstead Tunnel, this is a wide brick lined tunnel and about every 15 feet there is an arch in the brickwork, I do wonder if this tunnel was a cut and fill jobDSCF2241 building 15 feet at a time. We had planned to more near Hanbury junction but spotted a nice piece of piling just after bridge 32 so pulled in there for the night.

Today's Journeymap 27

6 Miles 6 Locks in 3¼ hours


Jennie said...

Hi Brian, I gather that the lady boater was taken off to hospital to get her ankle checked out, but I have no further news of her condition. It was good of you to pass the message on the John (VLK). We had moored with the lady at Hawford on Sunday and Netherwich Basin on Monday. It is a good job she had a friend with her. Enjoy your stay in Droitwich - if you have not done it before, The Salt Trail (details at the Tourist Information Centre or online) is worth doing. I gather that the wonderful old hotel (The Raven) has been bought and will be restored. I do hope so as it is a magnificent building. Jennie nb Tentatrice and lock very occasional local VLK!

Jennie said...

Hi Brian, many thanks for the update on our blog. We knew she was expecting to meet up with a friend, so hopefully she was not far away. Needing medical attention is not always easy when on a narrow boat, as we have found out this season, but there are usually ways round it and good Samaritans to lend a hand. Jennie